I like County Commissioner and Lake County Forest Preserve Board member Anne Flanigan Bassi. I’m glad she was recently re-elected. Which is all the more reason why I am disappointed in the position she has taken supporting the proposed development of the misguided Fort Sheridan golf course. Now I’m not disappointed in a pouty way because Commissioner Bassi doesn’t agree with me. Rather, what Commissioner Bassi has done is generally known as misdirection. It is disingenuous. And it is also wrong.
Throughout this miserable Fort Sheridan land use dispute ordeal and until the final meeting of the Advisory Committee, Commissioner Bassi has held her cards close to the vest. The only position she revealed to all sides, and at every opportunity, was that the decision had to be fiscally responsible. But in the end, the solution she has supported is not fiscally responsible. In fact it provides the prospect of unending loss and reduction of services in neighboring communities – according to those communities.
Commissioner Bassi has chosen to support the development of a golf course by inviting private operators to bid on developing and operating the course under a land-lease arrangement. In so choosing, Commissioner Bassi would like it to appear that the burden is off the public. In sum her position seems fiscally responsible. But Commissioner Bassi has misdirected us to the wrong conclusion. Because there is more to the story.
Projected Annual Loss of Revenue by Municipal Golf Courses
If a golf course is built at Fort Sheridan, it will cost the surrounding municipal golf courses between $500,000 and $1,000,000 each year in lost revenue. It is speculative how long this lost revenue impact would occur. The Lake Bluff Park District said, “…the impact (would) result in less services to the Lake Bluff community.” The City of Lake Forest said, “City of Lake Forest is not going to support a bid that basically kills the City of Lake Forest golf course.”
Wow. “Less services”, “Kills the golf course” That doesn’t sound to me like a decision was made by Lake County Commissioner Anne Flanigan Bassi to be fiscally responsible. To her own constituents. In her own district. Who just re-elected her. Ooof.
And now you know the rest of the story.
Listen to Lake County Commissioner Anne Flanigan Bassi tell us how important fiscal responsibility is to her: